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Sarasota County is offering do-it-yourself (DIY) energy and water usage audit kits for checkout at Sarasota County libraries, the county has announced. "The kits and the accompanying Home Energy and Water Evaluation Guide have been cre- ated to provide area residents with a simple and economical way to evaluate their home energy and water use," said Lee Hayes Byron of Sarasota County Sustainability in a news release. "Plus, users can learn about more ways they can save resources and money." "The kits are a part of the Sarasota County Energy Upgrade program, which provides residents with various levels of information on residential resource-saving opportunities," the release explains. The program's website, EnergyUpgradeToday. com, offers in-depth room-by-room ener- gy-saving tips, information about workshops and Family Sustainability Kits and other resources. "The DIY audit kit available at county librar- ies is intended to serve those residents who have already gone beyond those first-level actions and are ready for the next step," the release points out. The kit provides a step-by-step guide as well as the technical equipment necessary to determine specific energy and water use pro- files and solutions for the home, the release says. The guide is broken into two sections: the Energy Audit and the Water Audit. "Residents may choose to focus on only one or the other for now or to address both at the same time," said Byron in the release. "The two sections are designed to function inde- pendently to allow you that flexibility," she added. "The kit and guide, however, are not intended to be a replacement for professional services. Our residents' safety is a top priority; so if they don't feel comfortable performing a guided task during the evaluation, then they should stop the process." For more information about the kits and a c c o m p a n y i n g g u i d e , v i s i t s c g o v. n e t / EnergyUpgrade/Pages/DIYAuditKits.aspx or call the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000. COUNTY OFFERING DO-IT-YOURSELF ENERGY AND WATER USE AUDIT KITS every May 6-12 (culminating on Florence Nightingale's birthday), the release points out. Sarasota Memorial hosted numerous activi- ties this week, which will be capped off by a ceremony honoring its Nurses and Patient Care Techs of Excellence on Monday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. In naming Sarasota Memorial one of the nation's great places to work, "Becker's noted that Sarasota Memorial is one of Sarasota County's largest employers, with about 4,000 staff members and 800 affiliated physicians," the release continues. Sarasota Memorial was named to U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list in 2013 and was also ranked No. 1 that year for overall care in the Bradenton- Sarasota-North Port region, the release adds. Additionally, it has been listed among the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation to receive the "Magnet" nursing designation for the third time — the nation's highest honor in nursing, the release points out. Sarasota Memorial's Becker profile page may be found here. Sarasota News Leader May 9, 2014 Page 90

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